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Frederick Ruben or Reuben Frederick? Valley View Veteran.

| June 30, 2017

In the 1890 Veterans’ Census of Weishample, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, a Ruben Frederick was enumerated as a solider who served in the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company I, as a Private.  In compiling the original list of veterans from the Lykens Valley area, this veteran was incorrectly identified as Frederick Ruben.  Of course this posed some […]

John A. Seltzer & Amanda [Eckel] Seltzer – Die One Day Apart, 1917

| June 28, 2017

During the Civil War, John A. Seltzer of Tremont, Schuylkill County, answered the call for service by enlisting in the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1862), Company H, as a Private.  His militia service was from 15 September 1862 through discharge at the end of the emergency, 28 September 1862.  Although in the 1890 census […]

Obituary of Henry Rishe of Tower City

| June 26, 2017

The obituary of Henry Rishe appeared in the Altoona Tribune [Blair County, Pennsylvania], 2 January 1905: Henry Rishe At 4:55 o’clock Saturday afternoon Henry Rishe of Tower City, Pennsylvania, died at the home of his son, F. O. Rishe, 310 Third Avenue, of paralysis, with which he was stricken on last Thursday.  He came to […]

Aaron Schoffstall – Part of Oil Boom at Titusville

| June 23, 2017

Aaron Schoffstall was born about 10 April 1842 in Jordan Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Henry Schoffstall (1808-1867) and Margaret Rebecca [Wells] Schoffstall (1808-1878).  In 1850, the family was living in Lykens Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, where Henry was a farmer.  In 1860, Aaron was working as a teamster in Gratz. According to […]

John W. Sausser – Died in Millersburg in 1932

| June 21, 2017

John W. Sausser is buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  His grave marker indicates that he was born in 1842, died in 1932, and served in Company A of the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry during the C. W.[Civil War].  Alongside his marker is a G.A.R. star-flag holder. Not far away from the […]